You would be well advised to invest time in making sure your social media presence, especially your professional profile(s), are in tip-top condition to make you look your best. The relevance of this to people in the spotlight, seeking work, or trying to tease out the head-hunters is obvious. So, why should this matter to everyone else, especially those happily ensconced in large organisations? Read More
Many people have told me that the biggest challenge they face is that they are not able to get the attention of the senior people in their organisation. In fact, my articles on gaining visibility and building reputation are among the most popular of the 500+ that I have written over the last few years. The frustration is palpable. One recent example was Alan, a VP in risk management:
“I’m arguably one of the best qualified people on my topic in the business, and maybe externally too. I’ve been interviewed by the media, am prominent in my institute and have even published articles. But, will my executive listen to me? Not a chance. There is a major problem emerging and none of the senior team are in the least bit interested. Sure, they make the right noises, but do they do anything? Well, it is starting to present a risk to my career now. If this thing blows…”When I worked it through with Alan, it was clear that the executives should be taking notice, recognising what he can contribute and certainly, taking concrete action. Right now, we are taking steps to ensure that Alan, and his organisation, avoid a calamitous and very public reputational nose-dive. Gaining the appropriate level of recognition can do a lot more than avoid catastrophes. Over the last year alone, many that I have worked with have reported back that the increased recognition has given them benefits such as: Read More
Metaphors in business life are a great way of developing new ideas about what you can do to become more successful. If you are ambitious and working in a large organisation, consider for a moment the metaphor that gaining promotion to a senior post is akin to running for election. This would mean that you need to stand for something that the electorate identify with and believe it is an important issue affecting them. They would also need to feel confident that they can trust you and that you are the right person to get the job done. You would need to understand them well, have critical insights about the threats and opportunities your country faces, and keep a canny watch on the political moves of the opposition. Indeed, just like a politician, you would need to really stand out from the crowd with a compelling and inspirational manifesto. Read More
If you can attract the favourable attention of the people who matter most in your work, and your life, you have overcome one of the main challenges faced by many people I talk to these days. Most new clients joining the Breakthrough Influence coaching programme have getting noticed by the right people as a high priority. For those who are ambitious, this is normal. They have recognised that if they can get the support of their most senior stakeholders, their ideas will be able to start moving in the right direction. Doors will be opened, and then they can just walk on through and deliver something valued and appreciated by the top people. As with many things in the world of influence, a simple process, a determined approach and a certain amount of tenacity can do the trick. Here are seven vital steps you Read More
The impression you make at work, with your colleagues and especially with powerful people make a huge difference to the level of success you can achieve. That is why it is so important to make deliberate moves to create the right impression, one that aligns with your career goals and professional objectives. The resources on this page have been assembled to hep you to think it through, and begin to take decisive action to build your personal brand and reputation. Some are entirely free, others ask that you are subscribed to the Influence Blog. However, the bulk are reserved for those who have invested in one of our unique online courses.